The Rising Trend of Cross-Genre Romance: Mixing SciFi with Paranormal Elements by Keri Kruspe

The Rising Trend of Cross-Genre Romance: Mixing SciFi with Paranormal Elements by Keri KruspeLet’s welcome back monthly columnist Keri Kruspe as she shares with us “The Rising Trend of Cross-Genre Romance: Mixing SciFi with Paranormal Elements.” Enjoy!


As a SciFi Romance author, whenever I start a new series, I like to do a little research in the genre to find out what makes it more appealing.

In choosing the ever-evolving world of romance novels, a fascinating trend has been on the rise — the fusion of genres.

And I know I’m not the only author who likes to push the limits of imagination by blending two seemingly unrelated genres like science fiction and paranormal romance to make my stories more exciting.

If you are thinking about delving into writing something different, let me help you out by lightly Coupletouching base with the intriguing prospect of cross-genre romance novels.

So sit back, and we’ll explore the growing popularity of combining science fiction and paranormal elements in romance together.

Then I’ll include examples that showcase the creative brilliance of this trend.

Exploring the Appeal

I’ve gotta admit, once I discovered authors mixing two of my favorite subgenres of romance was why I decided to write in the subgenre myself.

Having grown up with a never-ending barrage of horror and science fiction, I gleefully discovered romances in my early twenties.

At that time, paranormal (not to mention science fiction) romance was a long way off.

Growing up with Kathleen Woodiwiss and Jude Deveraux, I happily spent my reading time with those historical/contemporary love stories.

Then came along the works of Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon. The allure of their kind of romance is undeniable to me.

Here was a unique opportunity to explore uncharted territory, as a reader as well as a writer.

I think it gave other authors a chance to craft stories that challenge conventions and breathe new life into tired tropes.

As a reader, I was drawn to the excitement of combining romance with a paranormal flare that created an escapist experience that I find both thrilling and emotionally satisfying.

Nowadays, the synergy of science fiction, with its futuristic technology and cosmic adventures, merges seamlessly with the paranormal mysticism, magic, and supernatural beings.

The result is a tapestry woven with threads of wonder, suspense, and as well as the satisfying “Happy Ever After” love.

It takes the age-old theme of love and places it in settings where anything is possible.

Love transcends time, space, and even reality itself, making stories that are as boundless as the imagination.

The Blending of SciFi and Paranormal

Cougar ShapeshifterTo understand the appeal of cross-genre romance, let’s look at what the key characteristics of both genres.

Science fiction offers futuristic settings, advanced technology, and space exploration, where love stories can unfold against the backdrop of interstellar adventures.

While Paranormal romance, on the other hand, introduces us to vampires, werewolves, witches, and other supernatural entities.

These stories delve into the mystical, the magical, and the extraordinary, with love often blooming in the most unexpected places.

Once put together, ah… that’s when the magic happens. 

Blood Urge The advanced technology of science fiction provides logical explanations for paranormal occurrences and creates a harmonious blend that captivates readers.

The fusion of these genres allows a richer and more complex narrative, where love transcends not only time and space but also the boundaries of reality.

Sevan: Paranormal Shifter Fated Mate Galactic SciFiA couple examples of these novels that masterfully mixes these genres include works like “Blood Urge – Paranormal SciFi Alien Romance” by Pearl Tate. This series combines futuristic space travel with a love story involving fated mates with an alien race.

Another example is “Sevan: Paranormal Shifter Fated Mate Galactic SciFi” by Mandy M Roth, where a paranormal alien lion-shifter falls for a human woman.

Evolution of the Genre

The journey of cross-genre romance has been a remarkable one, tracing its origins from experimental stories to a well-established sub-genre in the modern literary landscape.

The ever-changing reader preferences have played a significant role in the genre’s evolution.

FrankensteinThose of us who are vicarious readers seek new and exciting narratives, cross-genre romance has risen to the occasion by offering fresh and captivating stories catering to a diverse audience.

Some notable authors that you might not have thought contributed to the development of this sub-genre includes pioneers like Mary Shelley, who blended science fiction and romance in “Frankenstein” and Anne Rice, whose “The Vampire Chronicles” brought paranormal romance to the forefront.

Rising Stars

I don’t mean to brag (okay, maybe I do), but my latest series, Ancient Alien Descendants is steeped in the paranormal. Each of the five books has a paranormal theme:

The Empath | The ShapeshifterThe PsychicThe VampireThe Mage


I just love that (science fiction or SciFi) romances have an unlimited pool of heroes and heroines that aren’t just alien.

They can be aliens and… werewolf/vampire/ghost/wizard/god/merman/orcs/angels or any other type of fantasy creature that’s been dreamed up for thousands of years.

The sky (or outer space) is the limit!

What or Who Do You Recommend?

I’m sure I’m not the only one always looking for an exciting new read in these genres.

As a matter of fact, I recently went into ChatGPT and asked it whose books were more like mine.

I was humbled and gratified it gave me five wonderful authors —  three of whom are my absolute favorites and the last two I’ve never heard of (but I immediately went and bought the first books in their series. I can’t wait to read them!)

S.E. Smith (The Alliance)

Nalini Singh (Particularly her Psy-Changeling Series)

Gena Showalter (Alien Huntress Series)

Linnea Sinclair (RITA award winner)

Jessie Mihalik (Consortium Rebellion Series)

Final Thoughts

As I said earlier, I’m in the process of creating a new series, but haven’t had a chance to iron out what kind of paranormal creatures to include.

(Hmm, how would a ghost work… or talking to the dead? Or wait, what about angels/demons….?).

I get shivers just thinking about it. 

Now that we’ve shared some nuances about this subgenre of romance, I have a question for you.

Paranormal HunksAre you ready to delve into the heartbeat of the unknown?

Where every page you create leaps into uncharted territories of passion and intrigue?

The blank canvas has limitless potential, so you can paint your own universes of extraordinary tales.

Ready to take the plunge?



Keri KruspeKeri Kruspe has been an author since the age of twelve and has always been fascinated with otherworldly stories that end in Happily Ever After. Author of Otherworldly Romantic Adventures, Keri’s first series is An Alien Exchange trilogy. An Alien Exchange is the first book in the arousing Alien Exchange sci-fi romance series. If you like sexy aliens, feisty heroines, and fast-paced action, then you’ll love Keri Kruspe’s steamy space adventure.

Keri now resides with her family in the wilds of Northwestern Michigan. An avid reader, Keri enjoys good wine, good food, and watching action/adventure movies. You can find her most days immersed in her fantasy world of writing or traveling with her hubby in their RV, discovering intelligent life here on Earth. For goodies, news of upcoming releases, sign up for her newsletter at

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